Applied Learning Programme – Visual Communication
Always wondered how knowledge learnt from various subjects in school is applicable out of school? Or, how different subjects can come to good use together in a real-life setting?
In line with the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) initiatives, every school will develop an Applied Learning Programme (ALP) to complement their core academic and student development programme. The intent of the ALP is to provide meaningful and authentic contexts where knowledge can be applied and where values and 21st century competencies can be demonstrated and strengthened. The ALP programme is designed to be robust and sustainable, with a focus on providing opportunities for holistic development and exposure to post-secondary pathways and industries. Here in Meridian Secondary School, our Applied Learning Programme leverages on the creative industries and focuses on “Visual Communication” with the believe that students should be equipped with the minds of a creative thinker which will serve as their competitive edge for their future endeavours.
Every year through Secondary One to Three, students will take on a real-life challenge linked to a creative industry. Each of these challenges reflects what professionals in the industry need to do. Students will realize that to tackle these challenges, they will require skills and knowledge across their various subjects!
The students’ ALP journey begins in Secondary 1. Students embark on a picturebook illustration module, where they will be tasked to create their own picturebook, guided by book illustrators through the professional creation processes. In this process, they will also be exposed to the professional lives of illustrators, gaining insights into the inner workings of the industry and how these professionals monetize their work. Students tap on their content knowledge across fields, and engage in narrative writing and storyboarding to bring these ideas to life. They will be immersed in the world of storytelling, characterization and composition making, all useful skills to own. After all, storytelling is a powerful tool for influence and communication in all fields!
At Secondary 2 level, the students take on a deeper research-based project of a given theme. They engage in creating solutions for a problem that they connect with, within the context of an authentic problem. Through photojournalism and design based Visual Communications modules, they learn creative presentation and research skills. These skills are complemented with interview skills, content unpacking through their other subjects and will equip them in the carrying out of their tasks. Trained in the framework of Design Thinking, a leading work process in innovative industries, students will be enriched owners of an enriched experience of authentic problem solving and presentation.
When they reach Secondary 3, the students will be embarking on a “Videojournalism” module where they will be tasked to create a video narrative, taking on roles that are common in the film and media industry. Filmmaking is known to be a vibrant industry, which taps on a diverse range of skills and talents in management, financing, marketing, sound, images and the list goes on. They will be exposed to the process of film production as well as aspects of the industries. Apart from being taught the skills required to complete their task, such as interview skills during curriculum time in English lessons, various activities and programmes have also been organized to further enrich and enhance the students’ learning.
Through partnerships with industry stakeholders, up-to-date information on industrial developments and a multitude of opportunities for real-world application of knowledge learnt, our students will take away with them skills that will give them an edge in their future pursuits and deepened knowledge of their options of post-secondary pathways.